Construction Crew Hits Water Line at Staples For the third time since construction began on the Staples High School renovation and expansion project, workers hit an undocumented utility line today this one a water line that forced the cut off of water to the school at mid-day.
Workers uncover a severed six-inch water line today at Staples. The line was not on construction drawings of the site and water to the school had to be shut down while it was repaired. WestportNow.com photo
School officials rolled in portable toilets from elsewhere on the construction site and told students to, in effect, make do with no water to the restrooms for the rest of the day. The six-inch water line was severed shortly after 11 a.m. Principal John Brady conferred with construction officials and discussed the possibility of summoning school buses to take the students home. But some of the school buses were already tied up doing a kindergarten run and, after further discussion, it was decided to keep the school in session. ֓It basically was not a health issue, but one of inconvenience for the afternoon, said one school official. Representatives from the Westport-Weston Health District and the Westport Fire Department were on the scene closely monitoring the situation. The school did cancel after school activities as construction workers labored to repair the water line. Noting that this is the third undocumented utility line to be struck during the $74 million renovation and expansion project, Susan Chipouras, project manager, told WestportNow that from now on, crews will use underground sensing equipment before digging. ԓIt wont pick up everything,Ҕ she said, but it might help us avoid hitting these lines in the future.Ӕ
Construction workers struck an undocumented water line at Staples High School today, forcing a shut off of water to the facility just before noon. School officials brought in portable toilets and made emergency arrangements for the rest of the school day. Workers previously severed another water line and a gas line during the renovation and expansion project. WestportNow.com photo
Westport Fire Department Asst. Chief John Gottfried (left) explains a biohazard protective suit to members of the Westport Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy tonight. Firefighter and hazmat technician Bruce Kelly (2nd l.) looks on. Thirty Westporters are enrolled in the 10-week course. WestportNow.com photo
Dominic Luciano, 18, is all smiles as he poses today with his new fire engine. The June Staples grad, who volunteers as an apprentice mechanic with the fire department, bought the 1977 American LaFrance pumper Wednesday for $1. WestportNow.com photo
Todays ғSavvy Shopper column in The Hartford Courant features WestportԒs (and Greenwichs) Roundabout boutique.
Excerpt: ғIf the recent Emmy Awards inspired you to add glam designer fashions to your wardrobe, consider a field trip to the state’s Gold Coast region, home to two Roundabout boutiques.
Savvy style mavens from around the country know to stop by these shops whenever they’re in the area for high-end designer closeouts and consignment fashions from such names as Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, Armani, Moschino and more.
ӔMerchandise includes evening wear, careerwear, casual fashions, shoes and accessories, all priced 50 to 75 percent off original retail.
About 65 percent of the stores’ inventory is new; the balance is top-of-the-line consigned items in mint condition. New shipments arrive each week. If you’re looking for a certain item, staff will take your info and give you a call if it comes in.Ӕ
Even The New York Times today took note of Wednesday’s Norwalk casting call for the remake of “The Stepford Wives.” It quoted one hopeful as saying: “Women are somewhat robotic in suburban Connecticut, with all the trophy wives.” Greenburbs.com photo
More than 1,200 aspiring actors and actresses, including some from Westport, turned out in Norwalk today hoping for a part in the remake of “The Stepford Wives,” starring Nicole Kidman. Some scenes from the original movie were filmed in Westport. Tuffy Questell of TEC Casting told WestportNow:“We met a little over 1,200 people, 925 filled out applications, and we took over 400 pictures of possibles for the particular scene of interest.” Greenburbs.com photo
An electrical fire on a pole on Hillspoint Road at Chestnut Lane, just south of Post Road East, today knocked out power, phone and cable TV service to a wide area of Westport. The electrical and cable service was restored within hours, according to a SBC supervisor on the scene, but telephone service remained out to more than 1,200 customers by late today. Seth Bloom, an SBC spokesman, told WestportNow tonight all service should be restored by noon Thursday. WestportNow.com photo